» Recommended Classes for First-Year Computer Science Majors

Here are the classes that we recommend you take during your first year as a Computer Science major at Chapman. 

For your first semester, we recommend taking 12-15 credits (most classes are 3 credits; those with labs are 4). You must be enrolled in 12 credits to be considered a full-time status student. The recommended courses below will put you at 15 credits per semester (Fall and Spring). 

Introductory Math Requirement

First year students must either waive or complete Math 101/L in their first semester. For more information, visit our Math 101: Calculus Readiness.  

General Education Classes

You can choose a General Education (GE) class from any GE category – it’s your choice. In general, the following GE areas are recommended to begin/complete during your first year:

GE Language Study (strongly recommended)
GE Written Inquiry
GE Quantitative Inquiry (This can be satisfied with Math 110, Math 111, MATH 115 or appropriate AP credit)

Note: Some GE courses may “double count” with your major or minor. Students can share up to 9 credits between major and GE requirements and can share up to 6 credits between minor and GE requirements. Visit the General Education Program site to review the GE policies and see a list of approved courses for each GE area.

You can learn more about general education on our General Education: How it Works page.

AP Scores 

If you have AP credit for the following areas, make the appropriate substitutions this fall:

4 or higher AP Calculus AB

or a 3 in Calculus BC 

Take Math 111 in the Fall instead of Math 110

4 or higher AP Calculus BC  

Take MATH 116 in the Spring instead of Math 115 in the Fall


Fall Semester


FFC 100B - Grand Challenges
Credits: 3

Note: All first-year students at Chapman have to take First Year Foundations in their first year of enrollment. It is recommended you enroll in this class in the first semester as a larger number of course sections are available in the Fall semester. As a Computer Science major, you must select an FFC 100B option from the Schmid and Fowler Colleges’ Grand Challenges in Science and Engineering category.

MATH 110 - Single Variable Calculus I OR MATH 115 - Accelerated Calculus Part I 
Credits: MATH 110: 3 Credits and Math 115: 4 Credits 

Note: Majors must complete one of the two calculus course sequences offered:

Option 1: Math 110 (3 credits) + Math 111 (3 credits) + Math 210 (3 credits)

Option 2: Math 115 (4 credits) + Math 116 (4 credits) 

CPSC 230 - Computer Science I
Credits: 3

ENGR 101 - Foundations of Design and Fabrication 
Credits: 3

CPSC 298 - Intro to Nix
Credits: 1

Note: Intro to Nix is sections 1, 2, and 3. 

GE Class or minor exploration (optional) 
Credits: 3

Spring Semester


SCI 150 - Grand Challenges in Science I 
Credits: 1

MATH 111 - Single Variable Calculus II or MATH 116 - Accelerated Calculus Part II  
Credits: MATH 111: 3 Credits and Math 116: 4 Credits  

CPSC 231 - Computer Science II
Credits: 3

Credits: 4

Note: Students must complete two corresponding Natural Science courses with labs. Options are: BIO 204L/BIO 205L, CHEM 140L/CHEM 150L, PHYS 101L/102L.

GE class or minor exploration
Credits: 3

GE class or minor exploration (optional)
Credits: 3